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Alleged Ryan Seacrest stalker pleads not guilty



Tbd-ryanseacrest110409 Chidi Benjamin Uzomah Jr., the alleged stalker arrested outside Ryan Seacrest's E! office building on Friday, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a felony stalking charge. What, was he just trying to get the latest Top 40 playlist?

Uzomah entered the plea through an attorney. A court commissioner ordered Uzomah to stay 500 yards away from Seacrest if he is released from jail on $150,000 bail. Seacrest attorney Blair Berk filed a motion indicating that Uzomah had a knife when he went looking for Ryan. That doesn't look good, since he's on probation for fighting with a Seacrest bodyguard in September.

Uzomah is a sergeant with the Army Reserve 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, prompting an apology from Lt. Col. Nathan Banks to TMZ: "We apologize to Ryan Seacrest. Pending the outcome of the local investigation, the Army will decide what further action to take. We take all matters of our personnel seriously."

Uzomah appeared in street clothes during Tuesday's hearing and agreed to be represented by a public defender. He is due back in court Nov. 16.

[Photo: AP]

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:04am]


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